ROUTE 60 A better plan for major road

During his tenure, former Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan often spoke quite seriously about Route 60 as being a “highway of death.” The route is the main connector of Dunkirk to Jamestown and plays a role in our north-south divide.

“We’ve got to move people from the south to the north and the north to the south in an efficient, fun way,” Horrigan said in 2014. “I believe Route 60 is very important for that.”

On Tuesday, the state Department of Transportation offered some relief in the future for Route 60 drivers. The agency is planning on adding a half-mile passing lane for both directions between Sinclairville and Gerry and will make other improvements in the future.

A public hearing is set for 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the project, which is slated for completion in fall 2021. Anything that makes Route 60 safer — and easier to travel — is something all residents must embrace.